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CA: From Global Warming Believer To Skeptic
North County Times (California San Diego County ) ^ | December 21st, 2009 | Bradley Fikes

Posted on 12/21/2009 3:56:41 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

A few years ago, I accepted global warming theory with few doubts. I wrote several columns for this paper condemning what I thought were unfair attacks by skeptics and defending the climate scientists.

Boy, was I naive.

Since the Climategate emails and documents revealed active collusion to thwart skeptics and even outright fraud, I’ve been trying to correct the record of my earlier foolishness. In one of those columns, I even wrote: “And see Real Climate (www.realclimate.org) for global warming science without the political spin.”

In fact, Real Climate was and is nothing more than the house organ of global warming activists, concerned more with politics than with science.

My mistake was assuming only the purest of motives of the global warming alarmists, while assuming the worst of the skeptics. In fact, the soi-disant moralists of the global warming movement can also exploit their agenda for profit.

Climategate jolted me into confronting the massive fraud and deception by top global warming scientists, who were in a position to twist the peer-review process in their favor, and did so shamelessly.

(Excerpt) Read more at nctimes.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: climategate; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax

1 posted on 12/21/2009 3:56:41 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; Fred Nerks; FromLori; Marine_Uncle; steelyourfaith; ...

Well,...at least a paper, in the USA is finally getting it!


2 posted on 12/21/2009 3:58:58 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

3 posted on 12/21/2009 4:05:38 PM PST by listenhillary (I believe AGW is real now. It was caused by scientists and greenies LYING!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Looks like the scandal is getting undeniable.

Mary Christmas


4 posted on 12/21/2009 4:07:37 PM PST by bray (Palin can see the White House from her Porch)
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To: listenhillary

I like your presentation. Why can’t people understand this?


5 posted on 12/21/2009 4:12:04 PM PST by Rocky (Obama's ego: The "I's" have it.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; All

Totally off topic, but my wife is on the phone with her cousin in San Diego California, and at 4:10Pacific she had an earthquake, not anything REAL big where she is but she felt it, it shook pretty good and her dogs are STILL upset. Any California Freepers know more????


6 posted on 12/21/2009 4:23:18 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good for Fikes. If a guy makes a mistake, and owns up to it, he’s been a man about it.


7 posted on 12/21/2009 4:29:19 PM PST by DoughtyOne (Merry Christmas to all... and to all a good night! (remember the reason for the season))
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Normandy; SteamShovel; SolitaryMan; rdl6989; Darnright; ...
 


Beam me to Planet Gore !

8 posted on 12/21/2009 4:30:50 PM PST by steelyourfaith (This space for rent.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Well,...at least a paper, in the USA is finally getting it!

And not just any paper. The North County Times is a cross between People's Daily and Granma.


9 posted on 12/21/2009 4:34:17 PM PST by Nick Danger (Free cheese is found only in mousetraps)
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To: musicman

I didn’t feel it in north county.


10 posted on 12/21/2009 4:35:46 PM PST by ecomcon
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To: ecomcon

Thanks!!


11 posted on 12/21/2009 4:38:43 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Nick Danger

The North County Times is a cross between People’s Daily and Granma

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Boy that’s the truth. Nothing but human interest crap about how things are for Mexicans. Used to get the sunday paper for the coupons. Not anymore.


12 posted on 12/21/2009 4:40:32 PM PST by ecomcon
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Kudos to Fikes, unlike so many unethical and lazy journalists that simply recite talking points about GW, he looked at the issue again with his brain engaged and saw that it was all smoke and mirrors.

Now if we can only get other journalists to join him.....


13 posted on 12/21/2009 4:41:22 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances, and it advances relentlessly , freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

You are turning now. Shy won’t you turn again? You sound like a ringer.


14 posted on 12/21/2009 4:47:20 PM PST by HChampagne (I am not an AARP member and never will be.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Yow! It is always encouraging to see the light of truth enter someone’s world.
It gives me hope for America.

I am not, however, counting on Schwarzenegger ever waking up and having the guts and integrity to do what this author, Bradley Fikes, has done. Whew, what a useless blockhead Arnold turned out to be.


15 posted on 12/21/2009 4:47:41 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: RedRover; jazusamo; Girlene; 4woodenboats; Grimmy; xzins; smoothsailing; lilycicero; bigheadfred; ..

Hello, folks. This is not a military-related thread but it comes from North County Times, whose Mark Walker has been reporting on one fraud, the “Haditha massacre”, and I thought it might be of interest to you that another of their writers has seen through an entirely different fraud.

Semper Fidelis,
LH


16 posted on 12/21/2009 4:52:52 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’ve run across Brad Fikes a few times. He often posts at Romenesko and Neiman Online (both sites frequented by newsies) and is often critical of the Dinosaur Media.


17 posted on 12/21/2009 5:04:17 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Lancey Howard

Good for Bradley Fikes for admitting his error. The comments after his article are interesting and he followed up with a couple posters who still were believers of the scam.

Thanks for the ping, Lancey. It’s a shame Walker doesn’t have the honesty that Fikes has.


18 posted on 12/21/2009 5:13:11 PM PST by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: abb
I don't understand why the Brits are really digging stuff up and over here the Major Media is as quiet as a church mouse....

I thought there was still some competition in our News Media....

What about the New York papers,....doesn't Murdock have one of those other than the Wall Street Journal...not sure that they are doing all that much either.

19 posted on 12/21/2009 5:26:09 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Rocky

Where would they read it?


20 posted on 12/21/2009 5:26:46 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tim-graham/2009/12/21/pbs-ombudsman-agrees-newshour-slighted-fascinating-climategate-e-mails

PBS Ombudsman Agrees NewsHour Slighted ‘Fascinating’ Climategate E-Mails


21 posted on 12/21/2009 5:31:14 PM PST by abb ("What ISN'T in the news is often more important than what IS." Ed Biersmith, 1942 -)
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To: abb

Just unreal....thanks!


22 posted on 12/21/2009 5:39:41 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: listenhillary

Just curious ... how are nitrous oxide and CFC’s produced naturally in such large amounts?


23 posted on 12/21/2009 5:42:54 PM PST by canuck_conservative
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Boy, was I naive.

I'm glad to see SOME are coming out of their coma.....

.....now if we can get them to connect the dots between the AGW fraud and Obama's insistence on continuing "full speed ahead"!

I think a lot of these people are going to wake up, but it will be way-too-late.

24 posted on 12/21/2009 5:46:03 PM PST by SteamShovel (When hope trumps reality, there is no hope at all.)
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25 posted on 12/21/2009 5:49:33 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Don't eat your dog; eat obnoxious, liberal humans to save the planet!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Global warming for the northern hemisphere happens each May through in mid-September --- it's called summer.
26 posted on 12/21/2009 6:00:49 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never "free")
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To: canuck_conservative

Nitrous oxide is a naturally occurring gas (I think), CFC’s are lumped together with other miscellaneous gases.


27 posted on 12/21/2009 6:18:50 PM PST by listenhillary (I believe AGW is real now. It was caused by scientists and greenies LYING!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I have a feeling we shall see many like articles in the months to come from American newspapers. The tens of thousands of papers that have no fingers in the pie, still just try to report news, and not manufacture it on the fly.


28 posted on 12/21/2009 6:25:09 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Al Gore,satire,politics,global warming,climate change
29 posted on 12/21/2009 6:25:40 PM PST by Flag_This (ACORN delenda est)
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To: jazusamo; Lancey Howard
I think this answers the gnawing question of whether he deliberately printed false information (media claim of 24 civilians vs military count of at least 9 insurgents KIA, 4 by Sharrat, 4 insurgents KIA at Taxi, shooter undetermined,
1 Insurgent KIA at house by Mendoza) or whether the virulently anti Marine editorial board pressured him into it.
30 posted on 12/21/2009 6:30:34 PM PST by 4woodenboats (B0-"There'll be no shooting of out of uniform enemies" RR-"The Bombing Will Begin In 5 Minutes")
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To: Brett66
Now if we can only get other journalists to join him...

One down, 8,000 to go? It's a start.

31 posted on 12/21/2009 6:32:00 PM PST by GOPJ (Journalists as BaghdadBobLite - Global Warming Scientists as ElmerGantry - what's happening?)
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To: Lancey Howard

Ahnold is a good example of what destruction ‘roids cause to a brain.


32 posted on 12/21/2009 6:49:20 PM PST by TStro
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To: listenhillary; canuck_conservative
Nitrous oxide (N2O) is produced by both natural and human-related sources. Primary human-related sources of N2O are agricultural soil management, animal manure management, sewage treatment, mobile and stationary combustion of fossil fuel, adipic acid production, and nitric acid production. Nitrous oxide is also produced naturally from a wide variety of biological sources in soil and water, particularly microbial action in wet tropical forests.
From: EPA

Volcanoes belch an impressive array of organic chemicals into the air, but ozone-depleting CFC's are an insignificant part of that mix, a new study finds.
From: TFL
As we all know they where industrial chemicals used mostly in older air conditioning systems and some other industrial equipment.
33 posted on 12/21/2009 6:54:43 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned....)
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To: 4woodenboats

Wouldn’t it be refreshing to see a mea culpa column from Mark Walker?


34 posted on 12/21/2009 6:56:06 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Good point. More people need to be seeking information on the net. TV and the newspaper just don’t cut it.


35 posted on 12/21/2009 6:58:32 PM PST by Rocky (Obama's ego: The "I's" have it.)
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To: canuck_conservative

Neither are natural. CFC’s were banned in the US, but are still used widely in other countries. There was an admission a year or two ago that the formula used to prove CFC’s were prominent in the ozone depletion scam vastly over-emphasized their contribution. Oops! I don’t remember who it was, but I believe it was Swedish (some freeper will remember). If CFC’s were so bad, why did they stop pushing the ban after the US banned them? Follow the money. I tried to Google this, but they are squashing inquiries (talk about censorship)!


36 posted on 12/21/2009 7:04:22 PM PST by TStro
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks Ernest!
I've been trying to correct the record of my earlier foolishness. In one of those columns, I even wrote: "And see Real Climate (www.realclimate.org) for global warming science without the political spin." In fact, Real Climate was and is nothing more than the house organ of global warming activists, concerned more with politics than with science. My mistake was assuming only the purest of motives of the global warming alarmists, while assuming the worst of the skeptics. In fact, the soi-disant moralists of the global warming movement can also exploit their agenda for profit.
I suggest execution for the bastards.
37 posted on 12/21/2009 7:31:06 PM PST by SunkenCiv (My Sunday Feeling is that Nothing is easy. Goes for the rest of the week too.)
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To: listenhillary

bttt


38 posted on 12/21/2009 9:00:16 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: TStro

> There was an admission a year or two ago that the formula used to prove CFC’s were prominent in the ozone depletion ...

http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v449/n7161/full/449382a.html


39 posted on 12/21/2009 10:18:29 PM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: TStro; mwilli20

The 1995 Nobel Prize in Chemistry http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/chemistry/laureates/1995/press.html that was awarded for a theory about how Freon could catalyze the breakdown of ozone in the upper atmosphere.

I had figured that CFC ozone reaction had never been proven experimentally. This would make this the first hard science Nobel Prize awarded for an unproven theory. Now, it will be interesting to see what happens now that the theory has been disproved experimentally.

DuPont came out of this pretty well. In the late 90’s the patents they held for the manufacturing of Freon were expiring. McDonald’s, the biggest consumer of Freon for foam burger pods, had switched to paper. The Montreal protocol banned Freon worldwide. This allowed DuPont to have a new monopoly for Freon replacements. The most efficient new CFC refrigerant is about 10% less efficient than Freon. This means we are burning an extra 10% of our energy to run refrigerators and air conditioners. I think this is an example of a corporation using the environmental movement and governments to secure a monopoly.


40 posted on 12/22/2009 12:57:38 AM PST by DrDavid (George Orwell was an optimist.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Thanks, Lancey! Good read.


41 posted on 12/22/2009 5:56:45 AM PST by Girlene
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To: bray
Looks like the scandal is getting undeniable.

Nothing is undeniable for the Left. They are masters of the big lie. They created AGW our of thin air so denying its rebuttal will be no problem for them. If it is finally so exposed as a fraud that it is dropped as an issue they will just shrug and move on to something else.

Ten to fifteen years ago they were decrying global cooling and a new ice age, all because of us. Remember the ozone hole we absolutely had to do something about? What happened to that? How about our present H1N1 "pandemic"? That is fizzling, too.

They will just dream up another crisis that needs immediate attention in the form of a lot of money and more government employees and controls.

42 posted on 12/22/2009 8:07:34 AM PST by Mind-numbed Robot (Not all that needs to be done needs to be done by the government)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Congratulations to Bradley Fikes.

It takes a sane adult to admit that they were hoodwinked by lies and helped to pass the lies on to others.

We can hope that he is one of thousands and thousands who will step forward for confession of helping the Gorebull warmers in spreading the Gorebull Warming BS.

Unfortunately, most liberals are mentally ill pyschopaths, who will lie to maintain their power and control, regardless of the consequences of their lies.


43 posted on 12/22/2009 8:47:19 AM PST by Grampa Dave (Does 0b0z0 have any friends, who aren't traitors, spies, tax cheats and criminals?)
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To: Mind-numbed Robot

Not if we keep hammering it first. This is the key to defeating these nazis.

Mary Christmas


44 posted on 12/22/2009 9:51:16 AM PST by bray (Palin can see the White House from her Porch)
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To: SirKit

AGW denier ping!


45 posted on 12/24/2009 1:33:53 PM PST by SuziQ
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